Director of Communications

Position:
Director of Communications

Application Deadline:
Rolling basis until position is filled

Location:
Remote

Summary:
Reporting to the Vice President and in partnership with the President & CEO, the Director of Communications plays an integral part in promoting NDN Collective. The Director of Communications will develop a Strategic Communications Plan for the organization and will lead and participate in execution of that plan. The Director of Communications will also manage the day-to-day communications operations, and build and manage a highly performing team.

Who We Are

NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy. We are creating a paradigm change in how society invests in Indigenous Peoples by dramatically scaling up investment and shifting decision-making power to Indigenous Peoples. We are doing four key things to create a new ecosystem that supports Indigenous self-determination:

  1. We are dramatically increasing philanthropic investment into Indigenous-led organizations, with the goal of giving out $50M per year in grants by 2020.
  2. We are creating an Indigenous-led Community Development Financial Institution to move $100M of for-profit investment into projects led by and serving Indigenous communities.
  3. We are building capacity in Indigenous communities to be able to absorb this new influx of capital.
  4. We are advocating for Indigenous rights and policy changes that will enable our peoples and communities to thrive.

What Sets Us Apart

  • We represent the people we serve—we are Indigenous-led and support Indigenous people and organizations
  • We think in systems and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things
  • We are changemakers that have and model a mindset of abundance
  • We believe in the power of Indigenous self-determination to create a just, equitable world for all people and the planet
  • We integrate culture and ceremony into our work
  • We acknowledge and pay respects to our elders and past while taking ownership and control of our future

The Position

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Communications Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and implement an integrated, organization­wide strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of NDN Collective’s signature role in Indigenous defense, development and decolonization and strengthen NDN Collective’s brand identity across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Create a brand/marketing/public relations strategy that will allow NDN Collective executive and board leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media, public officials and key influencers.
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by Indigenous communities and the organization. 
  • Support board  and  staff  to  recognize  internal  and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to build their communications capacity.

Communications Operations

  • Develop and implement an integrated, organization­wide strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of NDN Collective’s signature role in Indigenous defense, development and decolonization and strengthen NDN Collective’s brand identity across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Create a brand/marketing/public relations strategy that will allow NDN Collective executive and board leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level  external  audiences,  including  the  media,  public officials and key influencers
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by Indigenous communities and the organization. 
  • Support board  and  staff  to  recognize  internal  and  external  communications  opportunities  and solutions,  and  define  and execute appropriate strategies to build their communications capacity.

Team Development and Management

  • Recruit and manage a communications team to support the development and execution of the communications strategy.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.

Who You Are

Knowledge and Experience

  • Deep knowledge of and connections to Indigenous Peoples, Communities and Nations.
  • Proven ability to manage communications.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Capable leader, manager and coach for staff and board members.
  • Driven, hard-working individual with high standards for self and others.
  • Resourceful and comfortable operating in an entrepreneurial environment.

Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in a communications role.
  • Experience managing and executing across several communications media.
  • Strong written communication skills, required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, required.
  • Experience with Adode Creative Suite, preferred.
  • Experience with Wordpress and/or HTML, preferred.
  • Willing to execute day­to­day tasks and work independently.
  • Willingness to share own ideas with staff and board members.
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively.
  • Willingness to travel as needed. 

This position is salaried, commensurate with experience, and ranges from $60,000 – $120,000.  This broad range reflects NDN Collective’s goal of attracting a diverse set of candidates for the position. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance as well as 401(k) retirement plan, a wellness program, personal leave and professional development.

How To Apply

Send an email to Kim Pate with the subject line “Director of Advancement – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

Send an email to jobs@ndncollective.org with the subject line “Director of Communications – [YOUR NAME].” In the email, please include:

  • As a single PDF attachment, include:
    • Your resume
    • 1-page cover letter explaining your interest in the organization and position
    • Short answers to the following three questions:
      • What is your philosophy about communications?
      • What would you be most nervous about going into this role if you were offered and accepted the position?
      • What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  • In the body of the email, please copy and paste the content of your short answers and include your name, phone number, and email address.

As attention to detail is critical for success in this role, only applicants who follow these specific application guidelines will be considered.

NDN Collective is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination.  It is NDN Collective’s policy to comply with all federal, state, tribal and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, NDN Collective is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any NDN Collective supervisor, co-worker, vendor or client.